Rats

I have just been given what I wanted.
Now I'm damned if I know what to do with it. …


This was from Eric.de.man

I wonder if he know what that sounds like in English. Anyway it contains the nautical almanac type positions for Venus for the year.

The trouble is I don't know how these positions are liable to affect the effect that the moon has on our weather. Which puts me in the position I was in some 20 years ago when I didn't know what a lunar phase was.

Looks like someone will have to start talking to his maker once more.
I really hate those cap in hand sessions.

OK so this is what the table means:

The first columns is the time in GMT.

The second column is the position relative to the Greenwich Meridian given in degrees. The alamanac uses a 360 degree circle as opposed to a globe or atlas which gives the location of earth longitudes as 180 degrees east and west of the meridian.

The third column is the declination or angle that the planet appears to make with the equator. "S" means south of the equator.

I've just thought:
I need to learn what the hours are in degrees and that will give me the time of Venus or rather…
….or why don't I just take the angle and translate it to a map?

Because I don't use a map.
I use a cheap plastic wall clock, a biro and a scrap of paper.

OOOOFF!

It shouldn't be too hard.

I just need to get the SSP charts for the North Atlantic as they arrive at WetterZentrale or the Met Office or wherever.

And start working again.
No more pieces of cake for yours truly for the forseeable, ta vm.

###################################
## "venus " ephemerides for 2010
###################################

# 2010 January 1 Friday

00:00 181 58.1 S 23 38.5
01:00 196 57.1 S 23 38.4
02:00 211 56.1 S 23 38.3
03:00 226 55.2 S 23 38.2
04:00 241 54.2 S 23 38.1
05:00 256 53.2 S 23 38.0
06:00 271 52.2 S 23 37.9
07:00 286 51.3 S 23 37.8
08:00 301 50.3 S 23 37.7
09:00 316 49.3 S 23 37.6
10:00 331 48.4 S 23 37.5
11:00 346 47.4 S 23 37.4
12:00 1 46.4 S 23 37.3
13:00 16 45.5 S 23 37.2
14:00 31 44.5 S 23 37.1
15:00 46 43.5 S 23 37.0
16:00 61 42.6 S 23 36.9
17:00 76 41.6 S 23 36.8
18:00 91 40.6 S 23 36.7
19:00 106 39.7 S 23 36.6
20:00 121 38.7 S 23 36.4
21:00 136 37.7 S 23 36.3
22:00 151 36.8 S 23 36.2
23:00 166 35.8 S 23 36.1

# 2010 January 2 Saturday

00:00 181 34.8 S 23 36.0
01:00 196 33.8 S 23 35.8
02:00 211 32.9 S 23 35.7
03:00 226 31.9 S 23 35.6
04:00 241 30.9 S 23 35.5
05:00 256 30.0 S 23 35.3
06:00 271 29.0 S 23 35.2
07:00 286 28.0 S 23 35.1
08:00 301 27.1 S 23 34.9
09:00 316 26.1 S 23 34.8
10:00 331 25.1 S 23 34.7
11:00 346 24.2 S 23 34.5
12:00 1 23.2 S 23 34.4
13:00 16 22.3 S 23 34.3
14:00 31 21.3 S 23 34.1
15:00 46 20.3 S 23 34.0
16:00 61 19.4 S 23 33.8
17:00 76 18.4 S 23 33.7
18:00 91 17.4 S 23 33.6
19:00 106 16.5 S 23 33.4
20:00 121 15.5 S 23 33.3
21:00 136 14.5 S 23 33.1
22:00 151 13.6 S 23 33.0
23:00 166 12.6 S 23 32.8

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One thought on “Rats

  1. I haven't felt like getting down to sorting this out. I asked him for the positions of Venus on a daily basis.But then I realised that Venus is only a part of the solution when it is on the same side of the sun as the earth.Think about it.Venus is almost in captured rotation when it is on our side of the sun. It probably isn't affected by anything on the opposite side. It's reaction to Mercury can't be that great. Mercury is about the size of the moon and far more insulated by the sun than we are.Captured rotation is when a body turns at the same time as its orbit.

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